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Nutanix, Inc.
Company typePublic
Founded2009; 15 years ago (2009)
Key people
Rajiv Ramaswami (president & CEO)
RevenueIncrease US$1,863 million (2023)
Negative increaseUS$207 million (2023)
Negative increaseUS$255 million (2023)
Total assetsIncrease US$2,527 million (2023)
Total equityNegative increaseUS$707 million (2023)
Number of employees
6,450 (2023)
Footnotes / references
Financials as of July 31, 2023.[1]

Nutanix, Inc. is an American cloud computing company that sells software for datacenters and hybrid multi-cloud deployments. This includes software for virtualization, Kubernetes, database-as-a-service, software-defined networking, security, as well as software-defined storage for file, object, and block storage.[2]


Nutanix was founded on September 23, 2009, by Dheeraj Pandey, Mohit Aron and Ajeet Singh. In early 2013 Aron left Nutanix to start Cohesity, a privately held computer data storage company.[3]

Venture capital firms invested $312.2 million over five rounds of funding in Nutanix. The company reached a $1 billion valuation by 2013, which made it known as a "unicorn startup".[4] It raised $140 million in a Series E round of financing in 2014, valuing the company at approximately $2 billion.[5] Nutanix's backers included Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, and Blumberg Capital.[6]

Nutanix filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in December 2015, reporting a net loss in its fiscal year ending July 2015 of $126 million.[7] In August 2016, Nutanix announced it had acquired PernixData.[8]

The IPO on September 30, 2016, raised about $230 million after selling 14.87 million shares at a price of $16.[9][10] This was the biggest VC-backed IPO of 2016 in the U.S.[11] Analysts expected Nutanix's public offering would be delayed.[12]

In May 2017, Nutanix partnered with IBM to create a series of datacenter hardware appliances using IBM Power Systems for business apps.[13]

In March 2018, Nutanix announced the acquisition of Minjar, based in Bangalore[14] and Netsil,[15] a San Francisco-based cloud application monitoring startup. Later the same year, Nutanix acquired the DaaS startup Frame.[16]

On June 1, 2019, Nutanix appointed Brian Stevens to its board of directors.[17] In March 2020, Sohaib Abbasi joined the company's board of directors.[18]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nutanix announced a furlough impacting about 1,500 employees in April 2020.[19] In June 2020, Nutanix added Virginia Gambale to its board of directors. [20] In December, 2020, Pandey was replaced as Chief Executive by Rajiv Ramaswami, who had been the Chief Operating Officer at VMware.[21] VMware filed a lawsuit, alleging a conflict of interest, but dropped the legal fight a year later.[22]

In 2021, the company transitioned from making hardware appliances to focusing on subscription software.[23][24]

In 2022, MinIO alleged that Nutanix had been violating MinIO's free software license for the past three years, with good faith negotiations over the matter breaking down and Nutanix' license being revoked as a consequence.[25]


Date Company Description References
August 2016 PernixData Software for virtualizing server-side flash memory and random-access memory. [26]
August 2016 Calm.io DevOps automation platform [27]
March 2018 Netsil Cloud application monitoring startup [28]
March 2018 Minjar The maker of Botmetric, a service for public clouds. [29]
August 2018 MainFrame2 Inc. Cloud-based Windows desktop and application delivery [30]


Nutanix combines storage, computing, and virtualization. The company's software product families include Acropolis, Prism, Era, Frame, and Files.[31][32][33][34] In 2015, Nutanix was reported to have built a Linux KVM based hypervisor, called AHV (Acropolis HyperVisor) in order to make managing computer infrastructure easier.[35]

Nutanix marketed its products as "hyper-converged infrastructure".[36] In 2020, the company shifted to a subscription business model.[37]

See also[edit]


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  11. ^ "The man behind 2016's biggest U.S. tech IPO shares how the deal went down". Mercury News. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  12. ^ Bruno, Giovanni (August 30, 2016). "The Street". CNBC's Pisani Forecasts Possible Fall IPOs. Retrieved September 10, 2016 – via The Street.
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  19. ^ Haranas, Mark (May 4, 2020). "Nutanix Confirms Furloughs Of Nearly 1,500 Employees". CRN.
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  23. ^ Kamich, Bruce (8 March 2021). "Nutanix May Find Buying Support Soon". Real Money.
  24. ^ Hemsoth, Nicole (6 April 2021). "VAST DATA SHEDS HARDWARE BUSINESS TO TACKLE LARGEST USERS". The Next Platform.
  25. ^ "Nutanix Objects Violates MinIO's Open Source License". July 19, 2022. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  26. ^ Somerville, Heather. "Nutanix acquires two startups amid IPO delay". Yahoo! Finance.
  27. ^ Schubarth, Cromwell (August 28, 2016). "Nutanix scoops up pair of companies". Silicon Valley Business Journal.
  28. ^ Hardcastle, Jessica (March 12, 2018). "Nutanix's Second Acquisition This Month Is Cloud App Monitoring Startup Netsil". SDxCentral.
  29. ^ "Nutanix buys Bengaluru-based Minjar". The Times of India. March 3, 2018.
  30. ^ Hardcastle, Jessica (August 3, 2018). "Nutanix Boosts Its Cloud Stack With $165M Frame Acquisition". SDxCentral.
  31. ^ "Nutanix IncNTNX.OQ". Reuters. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  32. ^ van Eenbergen, Coen (9 July 2020). "Nutanix Frame lets any application run from your browser". Techzine.
  33. ^ "Nutanix Era 2.0: Increased scale and reduced costs for IT and database teams". Help Net Security. 8 October 2020.
  34. ^ Armstrong, Adam (3 December 2020). "Nutanix Files and Objects Gets New Capabilities". Storage Review.
  35. ^ "Nutanix did build 'Acropolis' hypervisor, wants you to bury it". The Register. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
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